The use of Seprafilm® in pediatric surgical patients

Robert D. Winfield, Darwin N. Ang, Mike K. Chen, David W. Kays, Max R. Langham, Elizabeth A. Beierle

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Hyaluronate carboxymethylcellulose (Seprafilm®; Genzyme Corp., Cambridge, MA) has been demonstrated to be safe and efficacious for the prevention of abdominal and pelvic adhesions; however, information is scarce regarding its use in children and adolescents. We wanted to characterize our experience with Seprafilm® in a pediatric surgical population. After Institutional Review Board approval, we searched our hospital and pediatric surgery database for cases in which Seprafilm® was used and retrospectively reviewed medical records for demographic and clinical information. Between July 2000 and October 2005, 18 patients had Seprafilm® placed. Patients ranged in age from 0.25 to 18 years. Seven patients had not undergone any previous operations. Of patients having undergone prior surgery, the most common preceding intervention was a Ladd's procedure. Seprafilm was applied in a variety of scenarios, the most frequently being adhesiolysis for bowel obstruction. No patient required reoperation for obstruction. Two patients underwent subsequent operations for unrelated reasons; one was noted to have no significant adhesions, but the other had extensive adhesions. No patient demonstrated signs or symptoms of small bowel obstruction, intraperitoneal abscess, or localized inflammatory reaction to Seprafilm®. Seprafilm® was successfully used in our pediatric surgical population without complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-795
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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